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Where to Start

I had planned to blog through our travels this summer but somehow it just didn't happen. I have a whole new appreciation for those people who write daily or even weekly as the travel.  For me, there was no lack of images to share.  I was taking pictures of everything.  I was intentional with making images, sometimes carrying four different...

End of the Day

It is a different type of summer here in the desert.  Not for the locals.  But after five years, even us Canadians still find it strange.  We haven't been so long living here that we've forgotten what its like to ride bike, run through sprinklers and work a garden in the middle of the day without worry of heat stroke....

Stepping Out

I'll admit it.  I have been having a bit of a hate on for a certain trend in photography.  Many of the photo blogs and portfolio sites I frequent have been stacked full of pictures of feet.  Feet on the beach, feet with pretty shoes and colorful toenails.  I get it.  The images are to document where you are and what...

Feel the Love

You never know where you will find a little kick back to your childhood.  A trip down another back alley and I saw this display of chalk art on the wall.  I'd been taking pictures of detailed graffiti and murals most of the morning but when I turned a corner, I saw this.  It has a simple message don't you...

Deconstructed living

I've been noticing a real trend in outdoor living. I'm not sure what its called but maybe, "deconstructed living," would suite this new style. If you would like to give this new trend a try, there are a few key ingredients; a blown out wall, ripped but functional furniture and of course, some art. Oh, and for a real homey...

Second Hand

Art had a partner when he started his secondhand shop.  His passion was old toys.  He collected his own and along the way, the business grew into anything old and interesting.  He had a ponytail and a long finger nail on his pinkie that he would point with.  The partnership split but as friends sometimes do, they continue on as...

Screaming Banshee

It is easy to see why I was attracted to this restaurant besides the smell of pizza and the fact that I hadn't eaten yet.  These retro stools were lined up the same direction and the sun was shining just right.  We stopped to take some pictures of what looked like a converted ol' gas station.  There was plenty of...

Bisbee II – the gang

They came roaring up, seven amigos on motorcycles.  I was trying to shot the alley, trying for a panorama type image as they road into my shot and parked in front of the "No Parking" signs on the wall.  I liked them right away. You might be able to tell from the photo who started talking first, asking if his hair...

down the yellow brick road

It seems I've found a few little treasures, tucked away in a little town south/east of Tucson.  Bisbee, AZ had a lot to live up to.  I'd been hearing about the photo ops of this quirky town and seen some friends pictures, and  I, well, I had some expectations riding on this weekend road trip.  I've been lacking inspiration in...

Urban Planting

Jerome, AZ, has always had a slightly edgy (or we can just call it strange)  vibe going on.  The whole town is built on the side of a mountain and looks like the Russians did press the button some time in the 80's.  You can't find a better town for meeting interesting people, shopping for some great art and appreciating...

the month of the diptych

Diptych: a work made up of two matching parts.  I'll admit it, I didn't really know what this was until a few months ago.   I noticed that many of the photo blogs I've frequented had been showing these amazing pieces of art.  It hit me right away that this was yet another way to tell a story.  Photo's that go...

Something about the lone bike

I've noticed a trend.  For some reason I seem drawn to photo's with bikes in them.  Not a bunch of bikes, the lone bike in the middle of a busy place.  There is a peacefulness to the scene but also a sadness.  Just a bit of loneliness. I often wonder who the owner is.  Are they getting a coffee somewhere, have...

lamenting the tulip

I was talking to a neighbor today on the morning walk to school.  Tulips seemed to be the topic of conversation.  Both of us come from the north, where snow is melting and one always looks forward to the green stem poking out of the slushy remnants of winter.  They surprise you every spring, coming back and back again when...

When light shows up

Yesterday I took a field trip.  I don't often take the time to study other photographers but when I do, I take something away with me, something to use in my own art.  I had the chance to pour over some Richard Avedon photos, many I hadn't seen before.  His simplicity was what made him stand out, at least in...

My neighbor's cabin has always been a place to catch my breath.  Mornings are fresh and alive with 4-legged creatures rummaging around for food.  There is one place I visit every time I'm there--a flat rock that could hold at least three people. I lay on my back for as long as I can stand the cold.   Every morning...